Pillow Box with Custom Cut-out

Happy Monday! Kate here to show you how to snazzy up a pillow box just in time for Valentine’s Day.ValentinePillowBox_wm_webSupplies: – Digital Paper: I used Deena’s Pillow Box Template, Truly Papers & Cut Files. – Photo-editing software like Photoshop or Photoshop Elements – White cardstock – Cutting machine (I used a Silhouette) – Clear cellophane – you can find this at a party supply store – Adhesive: I used glue tape – Small candies or snacks.

Directions: 1. For this tutorial, I’ll be working in PSE 10. Clip your chosen paper to the template and merge the layers. Select the shape you want to have cut-out. It should be a pretty basic shape if you really want to show off the contents of the box. I chose a heart word bubble. Here is my pillow box all ready to go:

2014_2_3_12. To cut out the shape hold down the command (control) key and click on the thumbnail of the shape. You should see the marching ants around your shape.2014_2_3_2Now select the pillow box layer and press delete. You can now hide or erase the cut-out shape layer. And you have a cut-out in the pillow box!2014_2_3_33. Add any additional details to your box. I wanted to stitch a small bit of paper to the box after printing and cutting.2014_2_3_4Hide the white background layer – you may have to double click on the thumbnail to unlock it. I also separated the bit of paper from the box because I want to physically adhere it later. Merge all layers so you have a transparent background – if you flatten the image, you’ll end up with another white background. Now save as a png.2014_2_3_54. Next up is the printing and cutting. I used the print and cut feature on my Silhouette. In the Silhouette software, make sure the regulation marks box is checked.2014_2_3_65. Open the Trace Window. These were my settings:2014_2_3_7My process: – click on “select trace area” – draw a box around your image – uncheck “high pass filter” – adjust the threshold until all of your image is yellow – select “trace” from the top box 6. Now print and send it to the cutting machine.2014_2_3_86. Before you fold up the box, add any finishing touches to the front and then flip it over. Adhere a small piece of clear cellophane to the inside part of the box, covering the cut-out shape.2014_2_3_97. Assemble the box and add the candies.ValentinePillowBox_wm_web

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